Parents (2000)

In this bizarre and very black comedy set in 1950s suburbia, Michael Laemle (Bryan Madorsky) comes to suspect that his conventional parents (Randy Quaid and Mary Beth Hurt) have a little secret which they have kept from him. Nothing too… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 2000
DVD Release Date: May 25, 1999
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Anton Bitel
FilmLand Empire

The Oedipal conflict that Parents plays out is timeless, but also very much rooted in its times, with a darkly comic nostalgia that looks both backwards to a Paradise lost and forwards to one perhaps never regained.

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Douglas Pratt

the movie is an intense comedy about psychological abuse that will repulse as many viewers as it pleases. The only reaction it will likely not instill is nonchalance.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Pretty clever thriller that's about half as smart as it thinks it is.

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Melvin White
"There's A New Name For Terror..." Parents isn't an awful movie by any stretch. It's actually a pretty well made movie if I look at it… More
Aj V
Wow, what a cool movie. I loved it, it's nostalgic, creepy, atmospheric, and well written. All the actors do a good job, even the boy who's the main… More
Phil Hubbs
Quirky little number this, first time I have seen it and I quite liked it :) Came across as a 'Little Shop of Horror's' black gallows humour type… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
Creepy low-budget 80's comedy horror whose intended message sorta went over my head. It's awkward viewing and not too exciting.
Alex roy
Parents is a very interesting idea for a horror film. The concept behind this film is very cool. A kid suspects his Parents to be cannibals after he notices big… More
_kelly .King
This is available for free viewing on The acting is the clear winner of this flick, with set decoration coming in close second. And unlike most… More